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Drone footage shows the scale of devastation following the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano on the Spanish island of La Palma. A large amount of lava began oozing out of the volcano in mid-September, burying everything in its path as it flowed all the way to the island’s west coast. The lava eventually spilled over the cliffs and into the Atlantic Ocean, creating a ‘low island’ more than half a kilometre wide.
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Features & opinion
Antibodies and other reagents for glycans have lagged behind those for proteins and nucleic acids, but the field is catching up. “Glycans form an essential biological language, the glycome,” says glycobiologist Mark von Itzstein.
Anthropologist Cecília Tomori studies how science is hijacked by industry to bolster false claims. She was saddened to see the same patterns arise during the pandemic — with scientists sometimes unwittingly playing into the hands of misinformation-peddlers. Using knowledge from the field of agnotology (the study of deliberate spreading of confusion), Tomori outlines how researchers can successfully grapple with merchants of doubt.